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My cabinet of curiosities ...

JOSE "BUTCH" DALISAY, JR., PINOY PENMAN 3.0:

"... I’ve cobbled together my own cabinet of curiosities at home, representing half a lifetime of picking rubbish off the street. Some people would call me a pack rat, for keeping Love Bus tickets ca. 1978 or real plane tickets from back when they used red carbon paper for the passenger coupons.

Lately I’ve been prowling eBay for fine old books, but I get as much pleasure finding treasure in a Cavite junkyard as I do securing a 130-year-old travel book in French online."

Read more, and see some of the "curiosities" of which he speaks of, here.

Trump administration reinstates mandatory drone registration ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

President Trump has signed a bill that reinstates mandatory drone registration in the US, reversing a court ruling from earlier this year that eliminated the requirement. Mandatory drone registration was first established in the U.S. in late 2015 by the FAA, but the requirement was reversed earlier this year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after it ruled that the FAA lacked authority over such devices.

The reinstatement was included in the National Defense Authorization Act; although whether or not Trump was aware of its inclusion when he signed the bill into law is unclear.

Read more, here.

If Adobe made a keyboard for photo editing ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

What if Adobe decided to jump into the keyboard market and create a keyboard for photographers and other creatives? What would it look like? Brazilian designer Vinicius Araújo decided to turn his best guess into a futuristic concept keyboard called the Adobe Keyboard.

The keyboard comes in black and white versions and features a sleek, flat, and minimalist look.

Check it out, from here.

Musician kicks photographer in the face during rock concert, sending her to the ER ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

Queens of the Stone Age leading man Josh Homme did something at a show last night that seems both willful and horrifying. In the middle of a song, with no reason or provocation, he walked over to photographer Chelsea Lauren and kicked her squarely in the camera and face. Lauren, who was shooting the show for Shutterstock, seems to have been simply doing her job from the pit.

Read more, here.

How to easily use RGB Curves to Tone your photos ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

RGB Curves can be an intimidating photo editing tool that’s difficult to wrap your mind around, but they’re powerful and worth learning. Photographer Conner Turmon made this helpful 8.5-minute video that explains how tone curves work and how you can use them to create professional-looking photos.

The tool is available in both Photoshop and Lightroom (and most serious photo editing apps), so this tutorial is relevant regardless of which program you’re using.

Read more, here.

When a copyright infringement search tool gets its copyright infringed ...

LEILA BOUJNANE, PETAPIXEL:

My name is Leila Boujnane, and I’m the CEO of TinEye, a reverse image search tool many photographers use to find copyright infringements on the Internet. This post is about how not even copyright infringement search tools are immune to copyright infringement.

We recently came across an exciting new website called PicQuery. It has a really awesome and clean design, but it seems familiar… because it has everything that TinEye has! TinEye colors, TinEye copy, exact copy-and-pasted HTML from the TinEye website, and even TinEye’s terms of service!

Any decent high school student plagiarizing their homework will tell you there are TWO key steps to faking an assignment: steal, then modify. PicQuery did a great job on step one, not so much on step two. Let’s take a look!

Read more, here.

Things we love: Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag ...

ALLAN WEITZ, EXPLORA:

Camera bags: we all love them, and many of us own more than one. Over the years, I’ve owned dozens of bags, and I can justify buying just about all of them. I’ve owned canvas bags, leather bags, and ballistic bags, each of which has its merits. Although I will always love the look, feel, and durability of leather and heavy canvas, I’ve also come to realize leather and canvas bags are, by nature, heavy before you even pack anything in them.

With that in mind, I started looking for lighter-weight alternatives and what I ultimately chose has since become my daily commuter bag: the Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag.

Read more, here.

The art versus the craft of photography ...

PAT KAY, PETAPIXEL:

As creatives, we all go through a very similar journey when it comes to improving our skill. Though details of the turbulent ride vary for everyone, it always boils down to two things; the how, and the why.

Often times they’re used in harmony — we see this more commonly articulated the more skilled the creative is. But what is useful is understanding the distinction between the two, and how they come together as great art.

Read more, here.

Instagram starts warning users about wildlife abuse when they search certain hashtags ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

Instagram has announced a new wildlife protection measure following a New York Timesreport on how some traffickers are using the platform as part of the illicit animal trade. In a blog post ... Instagram said that it will start presenting a content advisory screen to users who search for hashtags that are, "associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment."

Read more, here.